Monday, December 4, 2017

Fired CEO sues Metro Nashville Airport Authority for wrongful termination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The former CEO of the Nashville International Airport is suing for wrongful termination.

Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit against Metro Nashville Airport Authority on behalf of fired former President and CEO Rob Wigington.

At the time Wigington was fired, the MNAA released a list of behaviors that they said led to a culture of "secrecy and concealment."

Read the lawsuit here and a copy of his employment agreement here. 

Story and photo:  http://fox17.com

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Cessna 402C: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts

HYANNIS – A Cessna 402C made an emergency landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport after a reported bird strike. 

Reports indicated the bird impacted the windshield. 

It was not clear how much damage was sustained but the plane put down safely. 

The pilot was the only one onboard and was not injured.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.capecod.com

Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta: Renfro Aviation Launches New Airline For Village Travel



There’s a new airline in the Y-K Delta, and its name might sound a little familiar.

Renfro Aviation has launched its very own Yute Commuter Services (YCS), which serves villages throughout the region. The new airline is not to be confused with Yute Air, the similarly named service that abruptly shut down earlier this year.

"A lot of the same people are here," said Andrew Flagg, who worked for Yute Air when it folded last spring and is now Yute Commuter Services’ station manager. Flagg noted that YCS has even moved into the old Yute Air terminal in Bethel.

YCS has scheduled service to tundra villages, upriver villages, Napaskiak, and Napakiak. Organizations can charter flights anywhere in rural Alaska; all of Renfro Aviation’s charter services to the villages have now been taken over by YCS. Renfro will continue to operate off-airport aircraft and specialty flights, like surveys for fish and game. To make a reservation or schedule a charter with YCS call 907-543-2684 or 907-543-2685.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://kyuk.org

Allegiant extends Punta Gorda schedule for Quad-Cities travelers

Quad-City International Airport in Moline


Quad-City travelers headed for the warmth of southern and western Florida will have nonstop service again to Punta Gorda and access to the flights through the summer months, Quad-City International Airport officials said Monday.

After an 19-month hiatus, on Friday Allegiant will resume the direct, twice weekly service between Moline and Punta Gorda. Allegiant recently extended the seasonal service into August 2018. It marks the third schedule extension since Allegiant first announced plans in May to resume the service.

The flights serve travelers bound to Punta Gorda as well as the Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Ft. Myers, Sanibel Island and Naples areas.

"Our Quad-Cities passengers have really embraced this route, and we're excited to add more opportunities to visit this beautiful area," said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant's senior vice president of commercial.

Cathie Rochau, the airport's marketing director, said the extended schedule is welcomed news to travelers who have found other flight alternatives since the flight ended in April 2016. She said many have sought service from other regional airports, including Cedar Rapids and Peoria.

"People who live there like to come back and forth," she said, adding, "Those folks who do go back frequently are looking for the best fare, it's just that kind of traveler."

Resuming the service also will aid the airport's passenger retention efforts, Rochau added.

"I'm very pleased to see this extension in our schedule between the Quad-Cities and the Fort Myers area," said Bruce Carter, the airport's aviation director. "I know our regional area travelers will be happy to hear this news as well, as they do ask about the flights outside of the seasonal time frame."

According to Rochau, the service is re-starting with strong passenger numbers as Allegiant also brings in new larger, 186-seat jets to provide the service. As of Monday, she said four of the first five flights are booked with about 140 passengers, and more passengers are booked for the Christmas Day flight.

Allegiant services five nonstop cities via the Quad-Cities, including Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa and two other Florida destinations, Orlando-Sanford and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

For more information, visit allegiant.com. Travelers also may call 309-764-9621 for a list of local counter service hours prior.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://qctimes.com

Brandon Muse takes first solo flight for Ozarka College program




Melbourne, Arkansas – Brandon Muse of Mountain View, AR has completed his first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on November 14.

Muse makes the thirteenth Ozarka College student to complete the solo flight. He is currently working towards earning an Associate of Science degree in Aviation – Professional Pilot.

Prior to taking a solo flight, students are required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Additionally, they have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test.

Upon completing solo flights, students begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly solo to the Branson Airport.

For more information about flight training or the aviation program, please visit fly.ozarka.edu or call John Catlett, Aviation Director and Flight Instructor at Ozarka College, at 870-368-7926.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.ozarkradionews.com

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair 1 RG, N779LH: Incident occurred December 02, 2017 at Rosamond Skypark Airport (L00), Kern County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; California

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N779LH

Date: 02-DEC-17
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N779LH
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: SHA GLASAIR 1 RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ROSAMOND
State: CALIFORNIA

Boeing A75N1(PT17) Stearman, N1431C: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; California

http://registry.faa.gov/N1431C

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 03, 2017 in Chino, CA
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17), registration: N1431C

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landed and ground looped. Sustained substantial damage.

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 19:09:00Z
Regis#: N1431C
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: A75N1 PT17
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, N721KL: Incident occurred December 02, 2017 at San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; California

Aircraft taxiing, struck stop sign.

http://registry.faa.gov/N721KL

Date: 02-DEC-17
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N721KL
Aircraft Make: PIPISTREL
Aircraft Model: ALPHA TRAINER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: SAN BERNADINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Bellanca Citabria 7ECA, N2508Z: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Reid–Hillview Airport (KRHV), San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; California

Aircraft taxiing, struck sign with prop. Went into grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2508Z

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 02:15:00Z
Regis#: N2508Z
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: SAN JOSE
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-32R-301, N8041B, Blue Skies Aviation LLC: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Connecticut

Aircraft landed gear up.

Blue Skies Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8041B

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 14:20:00Z
Regis#: N8041B
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 301
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PLAINVILLE
State: CONNECTICUT

American Airlines, Airbus A319-115, N9011P -and- Boeing 737-800, N344PP: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Florida

Aircraft AAL1531 right wing struck AAL1613 vertical stabilizer on taxiing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N9011P

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 23:13:00Z
Regis#: N9011P
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319 115
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Flight Number: AAL1531
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Aircraft AAL1613 was struck by aircraft AAL1531 on taxiway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N344PP

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 23:13:00Z
Regis#: N344PP
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737 800
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Flight Number: AAL1613
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N8328V, Quick Gas Aviation LLC: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Thomasville Regional Airport ( KTVI), Thomas County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Georgia

Aircraft landed, gear collapsed. Slid into grass.

Quick Gas Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N8328V

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N8328V
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 34 200T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: THOMASVILLE
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-31 Navajo, N722CF, Luftladder Inc: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Clark Regional Airport (KJVY), Jeffersonville, Indiana

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Luftladder Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N722CF

Location: Jeffersonville, IN
Accident Number: CEN18LA048
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1910 EST
Registration: N722CF
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31-310
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 3, 2017, about 1910 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-31-310, N722CF, was damaged during a wheels-up landing on runway 18 at the Clark Regional Airport (JVY), Jeffersonville, Indiana. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to fuselage longerons and the aft flange of the main wing spar carry through. The aircraft was registered to Luftladder Inc. and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. A visual flight rules flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the Wellsville Municipal Airport (ELZ), near Wellsville, New York at an unconfirmed time and JVY was the intended destination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer:PIPER
Registration:N722CF
Model/Series: PA 31-310 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: LUFTLADDER INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: LOU
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: WELLSVILLE, NY (ELZ)
Destination: Jeffersonville, IN (JVY)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.365556, -85.738056

Cessna 180, N399F: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Maryland

Aircraft landed hard. Gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N399F

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N399F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FREDERICK
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 750, N845FP, FMP Aviation LLC: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at St. Paul Downtown Airport (KSTP), Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minnesota

Aircraft on final, sustained birdstrike damage. Landed without incident.

FMP Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N845FP

Date: 03-DEC-17
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N845FP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: ST PAUL
State: MINNESOTA

North American Aero Classics P-51D, N51TC: Incident occurred December 01, 2017 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nevada

Aircraft on landing, struck prop on the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N51TC

Date: 01-DEC-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N51TC
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: P51D
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CARSON CITY
State: NEVADA

Robinson R22 Beta, N75262: Incident occurred December 01, 2017 in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oregon

Rotorcraft made precautionary landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N75262

Date: 01-DEC-17
Time: 23:49:00Z
Regis#: N75262
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22 BETA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: HILLSBORO
State: OREGON

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N9730F: Incident occurred December 02, 2017 at Carroll County Airport (KHZD), Huntingdon, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tennessee

Aircraft experienced engine failure. Executed landing. Nose gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N9730F

Date: 02-DEC-17
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N9730F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
City: HUNTINGDON
State: TENNESSEE

Mooney M20J, N201NM: Incident occurred December 02, 2017 at Hummel Field Airport (W75), Saluda, Middlesex County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Virginia

Aircraft went off runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N201NM

Date: 02-DEC-17
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N201NM
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SALUDA
State: VIRGINIA

Champion 7EC, N7586E: Accident occurred December 01, 2017 at Jackson County Airport (I18), Ravenswood, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Virginia

Aircraft landed, went off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7586E

Date: 01-DEC-17
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N7586E
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7EC
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: RAVENWOOD
State: WEST VIRGINIA

Keep your eyes to the skies: Airbus tests A350-1000 from Mitchell International Airport (KMKE)




MILWAUKEE — If you’re anywhere near Mitchell International Airport this week, keep your eyes peeled for a passenger jet that is typically not seen in these parts.

An Airbus A350-1000 is in town for some cold weather engine testing.

A little more than a year ago, Airbus send an A380 to Mitchell for two weeks of icing tests on a jet engine that would eventually power the A350-1000.

Airport officials last year said the Airbus would be flying frequently during its Milwaukee visit. The same is likely to be true of the A350-1000 this time around.

For a great view of the aircraft, check out the view from the observation parking lot on Layton Ave. or the sixth floor of the parking garage on the north end of the airport.

You’re invited to “Like” Mitchell Airport on Facebook for the latest updates while the A350-1000 is here.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox6now.com

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700: Incident occurred December 03, 2017 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

LOS ANGELES (CBS13) — Southwest Flight 4046 from Sacramento International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana diverted to Los Angeles International Airport and landed at approximately 7:07 PM on Sunday evening.  The flight left Sacramento at 5:59 PM.

The flight landed safely in Los Angeles and passengers were seen disembarking from the plane.  It was not immediately clear what caused the flight to be diverted.

Southwest Airlines released the following statement:

“Flight #4046 from Sacramento to Orange County diverted to LAX because of reports of a burning smell in the cabin. The pilots declared an emergency, landed safely, and taxied to the gate under its own power. The aircraft has been taken out of service and the Customers onboard are continuing on another aircraft, arriving approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes behind schedule. Of the 103 passengers onboard, eight were able to connect to Las Vegas from LAX rather than traveling through Orange County.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://sacramento.cbslocal.com

U.S. Parades New Warplanes in Military Drill With South Korea: North Korea condemns the exercise as a ‘prelude to nuclear war’

The Wall Street Journal 
By Andrew Jeong
Dec. 4, 2017 3:35 a.m. ET

SEOUL—The U.S. and South Korean militaries began five days of simulated war drills on the peninsula Monday, involving bombers, fighters and thousands of troops, less than a week after North Korea tested its most advanced missile.

The annual drills, known as Vigilant Ace, are aimed at developing interoperability between the two countries’ air forces, a spokesman for South Korea’s Defense Ministry told reporters at a briefing in Seoul.

About 12,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea, Japan and other regions, along with an undisclosed number of South Korean troops, are taking part in the maneuvers, which will feature latest-generation stealth U.S. fighters such as F-22s and F-35s.

The U.S. military said the drills are “comparable in size to previous Vigilant Ace exercises” and aren’t in response to “any incident or provocation.” But six F-22s, six F-35As and 12 F-35B jets are new to this exercise, it added.

The drills come as tensions build over North Korea’s missile program. Some security analysts fear Pyongyang is close to mastering the technology needed to hit U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles.

North Korea last week tested its new Hwasong-15 missile, which experts suspect is capable of reaching Washington, D.C. Doubt remains, however, over whether the North could successfully fit a nuclear warhead atop the missile and ensure it could survive re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere.

Comments from a senior Trump administration official and a U.S. lawmaker over the weekend appeared to suggest war may be approaching.

National security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said in an interview on Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. could “take care of” North Korea by “doing more ourselves.”

“If necessary, the president and the United States will have to take care of it, because [President Trump ] has said he’s not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the most destructive weapons on the planet,” Gen. McMaster said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Sunday urged the Pentagon to evacuate families of the 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea.

As the allies kicked off the joint drills, North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Monday condemned the maneuvers as a “prelude to nuclear war,” according to the North’s Korean Central News Agency. Pyongyang won’t just sit and watch the “provocations,” the newspaper said.

China on Monday urged all sides to avoid exacerbating the “highly sensitive” situation on the Korean Peninsula.

“We hope all relevant parties can exercise restraint and do more to help ease tensions on the peninsula,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing.

Defense analysts cautioned against viewing the Vigilant Ace exercises as preparations for an attack on the North, but said the maneuvers could lead to serious escalations and could be used as an excuse by Pyongyang to further its weapons development.

Kim Dong-yub, professor of security studies at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, a think tank at Kyungnam University, said Pyongyang would likely interpret the drills as a response to its latest missile launch. It would then respond with another provocation, convincing the South and the U.S. to carry out another training exercise, he said.

“Unless either the North or us becomes the first person to back down, a real war becomes possible, as things steadily escalate,” he said.

Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists for nuclear and defense policy, said a single “radar blip or a mistaken field report” by North Korean officials could lead Pyongyang to strike first.

He also noted that this year’s exercise is “significantly upgunned” compared with last year’s.

“Adding stealth and bomber aircraft makes the drill appear less like a defensive exercise and more like a rehearsal for attack,” Mr. Mount said.

—Lingling Wei in Beijing contributed to this article.

Original article can be found here:  https://www.wsj.com